Saturday, October 1, 2016
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The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders take on the North Texas Mean Green on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Apogee Stadium. The opening line for this game has MTSU as 16 point favorites. This season the Blue Raiders are 2-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 2-2-0. The Mean Green have an over/under record of 2-2-0 and they are 3-1-0 against the spread.
Brent Stockstill finished with 356 yards through the air for Middle Tennessee last week. He completed 27 passes out of 46 attempts for a 59% completion percentage. The Blue Raiders were led in rushing by I'Tavius Mathers, who finished with 163 yards on 21 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 8 yards per carry. Richie James was the team leader in receiving with a total of 81 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 16 yards per reception. As a team in that game Middle Tennessee got a total of 25 first downs. Of those first downs, 9 came on the ground while 15 came through the air. They ran 79 total plays for 553 yards for the game. The Blue Raiders ran for 197 yards on 33 attempts.
Mason Fine finished with 224 yards passing for North Texas last week. He went 17 for 29, resulting in a 59% completion percentage. The Mean Green were led on the ground by Jeffrey Wilson, who finished with 157 yards on 18 carries. He ended the game with an average of 9 yards per rush. Kenny Buyers led the team in receiving with 102 yards and 4 catches. He finished the game with an average of 26 yards per reception. North Texas had 19 first downs total. 8 came from running the ball and 9 came from a pass. They ran 71 total plays for 439 yards for the contest. The Mean Green ran for 215 yards on 42 carries as a team.
Middle Tennessee scores 39.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 35th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 30.8 passes on 48.5 attempts for a 63.4 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 367 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 9th in college football. The Blue Raiders run for an average of 174.3 yards per game on 32.8 attempts for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 69th in the nation. They also run 81.3 plays per contest and average 6.7 yards per play for an average of 541.3 yards per game, ranking their offense 11th overall this season. The Blue Raiders average 26.3 first downs per game which ranks them 15th in the country. They accumulate 62.5 penalty yards per game via 6.3 penalties, which ranks 42nd in the nation.
Middle Tennessee allows 200 passing yards per game, ranking 43rd in D-1, and they allow 25.5 points per contest on defense, which ranks 62nd. They give up 19.5 completions on 35.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 54.5. The Blue Raiders allow 186.3 rushing yards per game on 42.5 carries for an average of 4.4 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 89th in the country. Middle Tennessee allows 386.3 total yards per game including 4.9 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 66th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.3 penalties for 44.3 yards per game, ranking them 24th among D-1 teams.
North Texas averages 26 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 86th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 17.5 passes per game on 33.5 attempts for a 52.2 percent completion percentage. They throw for 180.5 yards through the air per game, ranking them 106th in Division 1. The Mean Green run for an average of 153.5 yards per game on 37.5 attempts for an average of 4.1 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 92nd on the ground. They also run 71 plays per game and average 4.7 yards per play for a total of 334 yards per game, ranking them 114th in the country on offense. The Mean Green get an average of 20.3 first downs per game, which ranks 87th in the nation. They average 64 penalty yards per game via 6.8 penalties, ranking them 40th in college football.
North Texas allows an average of 206.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 49th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 30.3 points per contest, which has them ranked 90th in the nation. They give up 15.3 completions on 28.8 attempts for a completion percentage of 53 per game. The Mean Green allow 234.8 rushing yards per contest on 45.3 carries for a 5.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 111th in the country. North Texas allows 441.3 total yards per game for an average of 6 yards per play, which ranks 95th in D-1. They force 1.8 turnovers per contest and 9 penalties for 75.3 yards in each contest, ranking 119th in the nation.
Middle Tennessee Betting Trends
Middle Tennessee is 2-2-0 against the over/under this season
Middle Tennessee has an ATS record of 2-2-0 this season
North Texas Betting Trends
North Texas is 2-2-0 against the over/under this season
North Texas has an ATS record of 3-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/06/16 DE Chris Hale Knee out indefinitely
09/06/16 WR Demetrius Frazier Leg out for season
08/30/16 RB Shane Tucker Leg out for season
08/29/16 WR Jocquez Bruce Ankle out for season
08/19/16 WR Terry Pettis Leg out for season
No key injuries to report
Josh's Pick: Take North Texas
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